Pokemon Planters Made From Vintage Game Boy Consoles Takes Creativity to New Levels
Artist Winnie Sumida creates a range of Pokemon planters that nestle into the body of old Game Boy consoles
I have some extremely fond memories of the original Game Boy, so when I initially saw that someone had defaced it with Pokemons, plants, and grass hanging out of its buttons – I was more than a little upset. The Game Boy held some of the best gaming experiences for me and then some artist comes along to tear it apart for…pleasure? Oh, hell no. As I was about to pass this off in anger, I took a second to notice how much work artist Winnie Sumida had put into this project and started to see how beautiful it actually was.
Winnie Sumida from Kirkland, Washington started the Gameboy Planter business in 2016 due to her love of putting plants in weird things and a deep nostalgic love for gaming, especially Nintendo. By trade, Winnie is a hat and interior plastic plant creator but her project called Waku Waku Island is her most famous project to date.
This artful and creative venture sees Winnie using old Nintendo consoles that are usually made up of Game Boy’s and Nintendo DS’s, where the inner section of the console is scooped out and then filled with decorations such as pebbles, plants and of course the scattering of adorable Pokemons.
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Time for #MarchMeetTheMaker Day 10: YOU! Hi! For all of you that don’t know me, my name is Winnie Sumida and I’m the creator of Waku Waku Island and co-designer for @Huggalugs! I am a 28 year old Jewish-American artist born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve loved cartoons, toys and cute things all my life. Disney, Hello Kitty, Sailor Moon and Hamtaro were some of my childhood favorites and still are. When I saw the first episode of Pokemon in 1997 I fell in love and it just never stopped. . I have done a little bit of everything, from retail at Disneyland to professionally dog grooming for 5 years and most recently working in the cannabis industry! I have no formal art education, Waku Waku Island was born while I was doing only three 12 hour shifts per week at an Urgent Care, I needed a hobby, something to do on my days off, and so I just started creating and making cute things for my home. The Gameboy planter was born while trying to think of weird containers to put plants in, and sure enough it was a hit. Now I get to do this pretty much full time along with designing and marketing for my parents children’s clothing business Huggalugs! . Some other random facts: I have a Dauschund mix named Latte, My favorite Pokemon is Sylveon, I’m obsessed with K-Pop and K-Drama, my favorite movie is My Neighbor Totoro, my fav anime is Cardcaptor Sakura, I’m married to a very handsome Japanese man, I have a twin brother, my nickname in highschool was Winnie the Jew and I live and work in my parents basement XD . . . . . #kawaiiartist #otakuartist #Myart #seattleartist #meetthemaker #makersgonnamake #makermovement #creativityfound #retrogaming #retrogamer #gamergirl #gamerlife #kawaiigirl #mmtm #kawaiistuff #pokemoncollection #pokemonart #pokemoncommunity #gameboy #gamer #gamerlife #retrocommunity #gameboymods #Pokémon #smallbusiness #creators #girlsrule #girlgamer #gamegirl #geekgirl
What makes this project appealing in my opinion, is that it not only reaches the fans of Pokemon but also art lovers and plant enthusiasts – Winnie has surely encapsulated a unique and intriguing idea with these planters that can engage audiences from many different backgrounds.
With so many amazing varieties to choose from that include the Vulpix Gameboy Classic Succulent Planter Pokemon Terrarium, Special Sweet Pastel Pikachu Gameboy Succulent Planter, or the Waddle Dee Gameboy Succulent Planter, it is apparent that Winnie Sumida’s Waku Waku Island creations could become our latest obsession.
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Wow you guys 4,000 followers! Thank you so much for hitting that follow button on my page, I appreciate every single one 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰 As a thank you I will be doing a Giveaway in February so please stay tuned for more info! a lot of people wrote in saying they want a Dragonite for the giveaway so that’s what I’m planning on doing! 😁 . . . . . . . . +NO REAL GAMEBOYS HARMED+ Shells made from recycled plastic🌿 . . . . Custom orders are closed untill 2/1/19! Please visit my website WakuWakuIsland.com for more info! . . . . . . . . #かわいい #とっとこハム太郎 #otaku #otakuartist #anime #fanart #kawaiiart #kawaiiartist #kawaiigirl #kawai #hamster #hamstersofinstagram #hamham #toonami #nostalgia #fanart #hamtaro #toyphotography #retrogames #retrogaming #gameboy #gamegirl #nintendo #90skids #90stoys #pokemon #gameboycolor #japan_of_insta #crafts #konpeito #kawaiistuff
If you would like to know where you can get your hands on these, then head over to Winnie’s Etsy page and also stay up to date with what she is creating next on her Instagram page. Staying on the Pokemon theme, check out the inside of a Pokeball in an amazing Pokemon-themed terrarium handcrafted by Craft Jungle.
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